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Amos Alonzo Stagg
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Football Coach
    (August 16, 1862-March 17, 1965)
    Born in West Orange, New Jersey
    Pitcher for Yale's baseball team and end for Yale's football team
    Helped James Naismith develop basketball (1891)
    Head football coach at the University of Chicago (1892-1932) and University of the Pacific (1933-46)
    One of the organizers of the Big Ten football conference
    Coached the US Olympic track and field team (1924)
    Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1951) and Basketball Hall of Fame (1959)
    He planned to become a minister - attending Yale for its divinity school rather than its athletic program - but gave it up because he could not speak in front of crowds.
    To cut back on expenses at Yale, he lived on soda crackers until he was diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition.
    During the first public basketball game, he was a member of a faculty team that scored a total of one basket.
    For four decades, he was the only person in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
    He was named College Football Coach of the Year at age 81.
    He had such a reputation for honesty that he twice was asked to referee a game his team was playing in.
    His innovations include the lateral pass, the man in motion, the Statue of Liberty play, helmets, tackling dummies, numbered plays and putting names on uniforms in football; the five-on-five line-up in basketball; the batting cage in baseball; and overflow troughs for swimming pools.
    Knute Rockne said, 'All football comes from Stagg.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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